Blogging, Social Media & Technology, EDP Column

Hiring and firing decisions based on social media

These are my ruminations (or two penn’th worth) on Post-40 Bloggers’ writing prompt No. 56 – ‘Social Media: The Conflict Between Work and Play.’

The use of social media in hiring and firing decisions gives me pause when used unlawfully and without discretion. This pertains as much to the employer as the employee.

On the one hand, we’re saying lock down social media if you don’t want your employer to know you go home on a Friday night and dress the cat in a négligée and lipstick. The inference being odd behaviour is okay (dating the cat is odd, right?) if no-one knows about it? So are we then punishing people in the workplace for just being plain stupid in not locking down their social media – or taking the moral high ground on how people should behave in their personal lives?

...continue reading

Blogging, Social Media & Technology, Uncategorized

Technically speaking

I know, I know, it’s been a while, but now that I am out from under election fever, I’m back in the room – unlike some former members of parliament.

But I’m not musing on politics today, but rather musing on whether it was politic to tell my website host to do one whilst still hoping they’d help me out of a major computer problem.

Yes, folks, I lost my online magazine website because someone was really really stupid. That may have been me but, hey, tomato, termata.

Suffice it to say, one of the things you don’t want to hear Technical Support say in a computer crisis (when you eventually cease sobbing on the kitchen floor, stop drinking bleach and ring your website host) is ‘Oh, shit.’

...continue reading

Blogging, Social Media & Technology

No blogger left behind? MumsNet’s new Black and Minority Ethnic category

Did you catch Swazi Rodgers’ excellent post for MumsNet?

‘Why MumsNet Bloggers need a BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) category.’

It’s an interesting read and the category touted as a ‘significant step forward’.

But is it?

I agree with Swazi, it is important for children (and adults) to see themselves represented in walks of life, and something I have touched upon myself in the deplorable lack of ethnic representation in UK TV and other media. (‘You can have any colour you like, as long as it’s not black.’)

...continue reading